Sports Performance Therapists in New York, NY

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Daniel Kadish
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003
Sport psychology can help athletes address topics including: managing emotions and negative self talk; maintaining focus during practices and competitions; more effectively communicating with coaches and teammates; assessing strengths, areas in need of improvement, and authentic goals; and increasing enjoyment of sports.
As a clinical and sport psychologist, I generally work with clients who are seeking to reach higher levels of professional, athletic and academic achievement, yet are struggling with various types of anxiety. Issues may include fear of public performance, social nervousness, panic, perfectionism, and excessive worry. I frequently support athletes and student-athletes in learning to improve athletic performance with mental skills training while managing social, academic, and work pressures.
Sport psychology can help athletes address topics including: managing emotions and negative self talk; maintaining focus during practices and competitions; more effectively communicating with coaches and teammates; assessing strengths, areas in need of improvement, and authentic goals; and increasing enjoyment of sports.
As a clinical and sport psychologist, I generally work with clients who are seeking to reach higher levels of professional, athletic and academic achievement, yet are struggling with various types of anxiety. Issues may include fear of public performance, social nervousness, panic, perfectionism, and excessive worry. I frequently support athletes and student-athletes in learning to improve athletic performance with mental skills training while managing social, academic, and work pressures.
(917) 746-7681 View (917) 746-7681
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Ksenia Pelikan (Makarova)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003  (Online Only)
As a former professional athlete, I have lived the structured, rigid, demanding sports life. I know what it is like to be challenged, and push yourself through successes and failures without giving up. Therapy helped me and gave me a safe space to say whatever I had on my mind. Let me give you that space to support you through the ups and downs.
As a former professional athlete, I have lived the structured, rigid, demanding sports life. I know what it is like to be challenged, and push yourself through successes and failures without giving up. Therapy helped me and gave me a safe space to say whatever I had on my mind. Let me give you that space to support you through the ups and downs.
(646) 798-7152 View (646) 798-7152
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Dr. Nick Fernandez
PhD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016  (Online Only)
I also have experience working with Peak Performance issues, job coaching, and sports psychology.
I believe it is important to always take an individualized approach to therapy based on the specific needs of each of client. I like to take an active approach to therapy that incorporates contemporary clinical research findings with evidence-based therapeutic models. I integrate both psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy to provide a collaborative and supportive therapeutic experience.
I also have experience working with Peak Performance issues, job coaching, and sports psychology.
I believe it is important to always take an individualized approach to therapy based on the specific needs of each of client. I like to take an active approach to therapy that incorporates contemporary clinical research findings with evidence-based therapeutic models. I integrate both psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy to provide a collaborative and supportive therapeutic experience.
(929) 207-8235 View (929) 207-8235
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Joan S Ingalls
Counselor, EdD, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10025  (Online Only)
I help people with the emotional and mental challenges of sports, theater and business performance.
People come to me with emotionally painful life issues - anxiety, depression, and troubled or failed relationships. I help them go beyond problem solving to creating richer, fuller lives. With over 30 years experience, I am an actively engaged therapist committed to helping my clients grow emotionally. Please contact me by email. I will respond promptly to email inquiries. If you prefer to text, please do so, but no voice messages please.
I help people with the emotional and mental challenges of sports, theater and business performance.
People come to me with emotionally painful life issues - anxiety, depression, and troubled or failed relationships. I help them go beyond problem solving to creating richer, fuller lives. With over 30 years experience, I am an actively engaged therapist committed to helping my clients grow emotionally. Please contact me by email. I will respond promptly to email inquiries. If you prefer to text, please do so, but no voice messages please.
(646) 351-1868 View (646) 351-1868
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Lauren D'Ambrosio
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010
A former celebrated varsity college athlete, I use that experience to better understand individuals under performance-based pressures; sports, actors, performers, artists, entrepreneurs and more.
I understand and honor the courage needed to take the first step towards change in your life. Navigating the human condition can often be immensely painful and this is why I believe so strongly in compassionate and supportive therapeutic engagement.  The beauty and growth in life that we are all seeking is often discovered amidst pain and discomfort. My training and experience allow me to comprehend the human experience, which can include trauma, life stressors, and circumstances from the past and/or present that leave people feeling stuck and confused. I especially enjoy working with the LGBTQIA community.
A former celebrated varsity college athlete, I use that experience to better understand individuals under performance-based pressures; sports, actors, performers, artists, entrepreneurs and more.
I understand and honor the courage needed to take the first step towards change in your life. Navigating the human condition can often be immensely painful and this is why I believe so strongly in compassionate and supportive therapeutic engagement.  The beauty and growth in life that we are all seeking is often discovered amidst pain and discomfort. My training and experience allow me to comprehend the human experience, which can include trauma, life stressors, and circumstances from the past and/or present that leave people feeling stuck and confused. I especially enjoy working with the LGBTQIA community.
(917) 983-0406 View (917) 983-0406
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Lana Krichmar
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10005
My goal is to provide my clients with skills they can use on their own and also help them identify what is personally meaningful to them and address barriers to life satisfaction and improved relationships and individual performance, specifically as it relates to sports.
Finding a psychologist who is a good fit, especially at the time of emotional crisis can be challenging. To find someone who is empathic, but also direct and firm, who is not afraid to call you out when you most need it, someone who understands the real life challenges of being a parent, teen, or young adult and who approaches challenges with a sense of humor and compassion, someone who has the right training, expertise, and schedule, can be daunting, to say the least. I am a CBT/DBT trained and practicing psychologist who is compassionate and direct.
My goal is to provide my clients with skills they can use on their own and also help them identify what is personally meaningful to them and address barriers to life satisfaction and improved relationships and individual performance, specifically as it relates to sports.
Finding a psychologist who is a good fit, especially at the time of emotional crisis can be challenging. To find someone who is empathic, but also direct and firm, who is not afraid to call you out when you most need it, someone who understands the real life challenges of being a parent, teen, or young adult and who approaches challenges with a sense of humor and compassion, someone who has the right training, expertise, and schedule, can be daunting, to say the least. I am a CBT/DBT trained and practicing psychologist who is compassionate and direct.
(718) 255-9448 View (718) 255-9448
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Kamila Zapytowska Usuki
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10019
My background in performing arts and sports (including Broadway and Olympics) makes me additionally aware of various pressures that can hinder personal and professional growth.
Difficulties in personal or professional life can make anyone feel overwhelmed, confused or hopeless. Relationship problems, health issues, loss, pain or traumatic past can add to the distress. Getting through these obstacles doesn't have to be a lonely process. In a supportive and confidential atmosphere, we can discuss your thoughts and feelings, and together, make sense of your unique life's circumstances, whether you are in crisis, caught up in relationship conflicts, facing identity questions or repeating patterns that don't always bring positive outcomes.
My background in performing arts and sports (including Broadway and Olympics) makes me additionally aware of various pressures that can hinder personal and professional growth.
Difficulties in personal or professional life can make anyone feel overwhelmed, confused or hopeless. Relationship problems, health issues, loss, pain or traumatic past can add to the distress. Getting through these obstacles doesn't have to be a lonely process. In a supportive and confidential atmosphere, we can discuss your thoughts and feelings, and together, make sense of your unique life's circumstances, whether you are in crisis, caught up in relationship conflicts, facing identity questions or repeating patterns that don't always bring positive outcomes.
(646) 859-1624 View (646) 859-1624
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TriState SportPsych
Psychologist, PsyD, LPC, CMPC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010
coaches, sports medicine personnel, parents).
TriState SportPsych provides sport psychology services for athletes of all ages and levels of competition. At TriState SportPsych we consider it our mission to inspire athletes and those around them to connect, enjoy, and achieve by delivering the newest innovations in the rapidly evolving field of sport psychology. At TriState SportPsych, we deeply enjoy working with athletes (youth to professional) as they take steps towards mastery and wellness both in life and sport. Visit us at www.tristatesportpsych.com
coaches, sports medicine personnel, parents).
TriState SportPsych provides sport psychology services for athletes of all ages and levels of competition. At TriState SportPsych we consider it our mission to inspire athletes and those around them to connect, enjoy, and achieve by delivering the newest innovations in the rapidly evolving field of sport psychology. At TriState SportPsych, we deeply enjoy working with athletes (youth to professional) as they take steps towards mastery and wellness both in life and sport. Visit us at www.tristatesportpsych.com
(908) 386-4488 View (908) 386-4488
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Isaac Zur
PhD, CMPC, MHC-LP, BCB
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001
Using the principles of Applied Sports Psychology, I help athletes build mental toughness and thrive under pressure.
Isaac Zur, Ph.D., MHC-LP, CMPC, is a highly experienced mental performance consultant with over a decade of practice and teaching. He brings a unique perspective to his work, drawing on his experiences as an athlete, teacher, and practitioner to help individuals and athletes build emotional resilience and perform well under pressure. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Lehman College, where he teaches in the exercise science program.
Using the principles of Applied Sports Psychology, I help athletes build mental toughness and thrive under pressure.
Isaac Zur, Ph.D., MHC-LP, CMPC, is a highly experienced mental performance consultant with over a decade of practice and teaching. He brings a unique perspective to his work, drawing on his experiences as an athlete, teacher, and practitioner to help individuals and athletes build emotional resilience and perform well under pressure. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Lehman College, where he teaches in the exercise science program.
(718) 400-6946 View (718) 400-6946
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Jesse C. Palermo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10029
I graduated from Princeton University and completed my clinical education at Columbia University. I have extensive experience in both mental health and substance abuse modalities of treatment, and primarily work with adults and young adults. The most common focuses of therapy are depression, anxiety, difficulties with coping, panic disorders, sports performance, relationships, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and trauma.
I graduated from Princeton University and completed my clinical education at Columbia University. I have extensive experience in both mental health and substance abuse modalities of treatment, and primarily work with adults and young adults. The most common focuses of therapy are depression, anxiety, difficulties with coping, panic disorders, sports performance, relationships, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and trauma.
(315) 386-6596 View (315) 386-6596
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Rebecca Pistocchi
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10016  (Online Only)
Are you transitioning to or from college? Do you experience anxiety around sports performance and strategy? Is the need to be perfect ingrained in you? Rebecca works with young adults experiencing anxiety, depression, life transitions, and relationship stressors. Whether it's graduating high school and moving on to college or graduating college and moving on to the "real world", we can do this together. Encountering feelings of anxiety, perfectionism, poor self-esteem, and depression are all common. Bringing a consistent space for you to process, Rebecca will work through patterns that just aren't working for you anymore.
Are you transitioning to or from college? Do you experience anxiety around sports performance and strategy? Is the need to be perfect ingrained in you? Rebecca works with young adults experiencing anxiety, depression, life transitions, and relationship stressors. Whether it's graduating high school and moving on to college or graduating college and moving on to the "real world", we can do this together. Encountering feelings of anxiety, perfectionism, poor self-esteem, and depression are all common. Bringing a consistent space for you to process, Rebecca will work through patterns that just aren't working for you anymore.
(516) 517-0941 View (516) 517-0941
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Elise McMullen Bitter
Counselor, LMHC, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
New York, NY 10013
I believe that the client and therapist relationship is essential to the therapeutic process, so my approach is supportive and collaborative. My style is warm, empathic, and non-judgmental while also honest and direct. Based on my personal and professional expertise in sports psychology and career/executive coaching, I will help you master the sport of managing your most meaningful relationships, mental health, and goals. I do so by utilizing holistic and evidence-based approaches, and personalize your treatment based on what's most effective for you. We'll balance the seriousness with laughter & no problem is too small to discuss!
I believe that the client and therapist relationship is essential to the therapeutic process, so my approach is supportive and collaborative. My style is warm, empathic, and non-judgmental while also honest and direct. Based on my personal and professional expertise in sports psychology and career/executive coaching, I will help you master the sport of managing your most meaningful relationships, mental health, and goals. I do so by utilizing holistic and evidence-based approaches, and personalize your treatment based on what's most effective for you. We'll balance the seriousness with laughter & no problem is too small to discuss!
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Gerald LaMear Bray
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R, BCD-P
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10024
I have also provided couples and marital therapy and have current experience in panic disorders, phobias, and performance anxiety in the creative arts and sports.
I am an experienced adult psychotherapist with accredited postgraduate training and clinical experience. I have special interests in work-related stress, performance anxiety, eating disorders and interpersonal relationships. I have an active affiliation with many major insurance plans. You can expect to have a consultation within one to two days. My office is conveniently located on the Upper West Side. Curiosity, humor and a toleration of paradox and irony can help. Let's see how we can bring out the best in you and make the world a better place for everyone.
I have also provided couples and marital therapy and have current experience in panic disorders, phobias, and performance anxiety in the creative arts and sports.
I am an experienced adult psychotherapist with accredited postgraduate training and clinical experience. I have special interests in work-related stress, performance anxiety, eating disorders and interpersonal relationships. I have an active affiliation with many major insurance plans. You can expect to have a consultation within one to two days. My office is conveniently located on the Upper West Side. Curiosity, humor and a toleration of paradox and irony can help. Let's see how we can bring out the best in you and make the world a better place for everyone.
(212) 427-8043 View (212) 427-8043
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Deborah Yamin Manocchia
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10023
My specialties are treating anxiety, stress, depression, life transitions, eating issues, sports performance, relational & parenting issues, and trauma.
The foundation of my practice comes from a strong belief in the importance of building a strong and trusting therapeutic relationship. My practice is based on an integrated approach, utilizing clinical models that are best for the client, helping you make positive changes, finding and cultivating your strengths, meeting your goals, and relieving distress. I will actively engage with you in a supportive and non-judgmental manner, and work collaboratively. Working with clients who are open to becoming more self aware and improving their lives, motivates my work.
My specialties are treating anxiety, stress, depression, life transitions, eating issues, sports performance, relational & parenting issues, and trauma.
The foundation of my practice comes from a strong belief in the importance of building a strong and trusting therapeutic relationship. My practice is based on an integrated approach, utilizing clinical models that are best for the client, helping you make positive changes, finding and cultivating your strengths, meeting your goals, and relieving distress. I will actively engage with you in a supportive and non-judgmental manner, and work collaboratively. Working with clients who are open to becoming more self aware and improving their lives, motivates my work.
(646) 846-8812 View (646) 846-8812
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Zachary Alti
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001
Is your relationship stressful? I have helped hundreds of couples with communication issues, infidelity, and emotional detachment. I also specialize in performance enhancement for high achievers in finance, tech, energy, politics, and sports. Set up a free consultation to see if I can be of service to you.
Is your relationship stressful? I have helped hundreds of couples with communication issues, infidelity, and emotional detachment. I also specialize in performance enhancement for high achievers in finance, tech, energy, politics, and sports. Set up a free consultation to see if I can be of service to you.
(516) 400-4619 View (516) 400-4619
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Caity Thompson
Mental Health Counselor, LMHC, CRC
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
New York, NY 10002
I work with adults ages 22-38 looking to develop personally and professionally. I specialize in helping my clients with coping with anxiety and stress, make decisions, make life transitions, improve self-esteem, and achieve personal advancement. I have a sports background that has led me to have a methodical, goal-oriented, results-driven therapy style. My treatment with you will be tailored to your goals and desired outcomes for therapy.
I work with adults ages 22-38 looking to develop personally and professionally. I specialize in helping my clients with coping with anxiety and stress, make decisions, make life transitions, improve self-esteem, and achieve personal advancement. I have a sports background that has led me to have a methodical, goal-oriented, results-driven therapy style. My treatment with you will be tailored to your goals and desired outcomes for therapy.
(971) 224-7378 View (971) 224-7378
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Paul J Park
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010
I trained as a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University; worked at Rutgers University and Bellevue Hospital; and work with highly driven professionals from various industries (art, sports, tech, media, medicine, finance) in fostering healthy relationships, resolving family/multicultural issues, and managing performance and social anxiety, OCD, and depression.
I specialize in helping people through loss, traumatic events, and life transitions. You may be stuck, feel out of control, or simply want a different life. Psychotherapy can be helpful in redefining how you relate to others and yourself, and in identifying your needs and nurturing these areas. I can introduce research-supported strategies for coping with difficult emotions, stress, or physical pain when a practical solution is appropriate. An ideal patient would also value an emotion-based and interpersonal approach to treatment; few things can predict the success of treatment like the strong bond between your therapist and you.
I trained as a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University; worked at Rutgers University and Bellevue Hospital; and work with highly driven professionals from various industries (art, sports, tech, media, medicine, finance) in fostering healthy relationships, resolving family/multicultural issues, and managing performance and social anxiety, OCD, and depression.
I specialize in helping people through loss, traumatic events, and life transitions. You may be stuck, feel out of control, or simply want a different life. Psychotherapy can be helpful in redefining how you relate to others and yourself, and in identifying your needs and nurturing these areas. I can introduce research-supported strategies for coping with difficult emotions, stress, or physical pain when a practical solution is appropriate. An ideal patient would also value an emotion-based and interpersonal approach to treatment; few things can predict the success of treatment like the strong bond between your therapist and you.
(646) 846-8998 View (646) 846-8998
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Kennedy Goss
MA, EdM, MHC-LP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10023  (Online Only)
Utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), I work with her clients towards internal strength and peak performance - whether this is on the sports field, music stage, college forum, corporate meeting, student presentation, or personal practice areas.
I partner with her clients, focusing on mindfulness, effective communication, performance, negative-self talk, measurement and personal self-care. I open a space for individuals to be their full self, both performance based, and personally.
Utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), I work with her clients towards internal strength and peak performance - whether this is on the sports field, music stage, college forum, corporate meeting, student presentation, or personal practice areas.
I partner with her clients, focusing on mindfulness, effective communication, performance, negative-self talk, measurement and personal self-care. I open a space for individuals to be their full self, both performance based, and personally.
(646) 736-6670 View (646) 736-6670
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Jacqueline L Simon
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10017
Other areas: exercise motivation/ sports psychology, eating disorders, alternative lifestyles.
I see each person and situation as unique, and modify the therapeutic relationship to meet the individual needs of my clients. I work collaboratively, offering feedback and reciprocal exchanges in each session. I also focus on helping people use their individual and unique strengths to live more meaningful, balanced lives, and to maintain more satisfying relationships.
Other areas: exercise motivation/ sports psychology, eating disorders, alternative lifestyles.
I see each person and situation as unique, and modify the therapeutic relationship to meet the individual needs of my clients. I work collaboratively, offering feedback and reciprocal exchanges in each session. I also focus on helping people use their individual and unique strengths to live more meaningful, balanced lives, and to maintain more satisfying relationships.
(646) 392-7256 View (646) 392-7256
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Daniel Reinaldo Bernstein
CH, L, Ac
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001
Teeners respond to hypnosis for confidence building, study techniques and sports enhancement.
If you have reached the conclusion that talk therapy does little for anxiety, insomnia, stress, 1) you're not alone, and 2) there is an alternative. For 29 years I've melded hypnosis, acupuncture, and hormone-balancing herbs to positive effect. My patients tell me they benefit from the somatic therapies I use to relax the overloaded nervous system (I know, in NYC?). Insurance covered. Time permitting, I am taking new patients and gladly offer a free consultation. Because Carpé Diem.
Teeners respond to hypnosis for confidence building, study techniques and sports enhancement.
If you have reached the conclusion that talk therapy does little for anxiety, insomnia, stress, 1) you're not alone, and 2) there is an alternative. For 29 years I've melded hypnosis, acupuncture, and hormone-balancing herbs to positive effect. My patients tell me they benefit from the somatic therapies I use to relax the overloaded nervous system (I know, in NYC?). Insurance covered. Time permitting, I am taking new patients and gladly offer a free consultation. Because Carpé Diem.
(646) 681-2830 View (646) 681-2830
Sports Performance Therapists

How does sports psychology work?

Sports psychology helps athletes identify and overcome challenges, such as perfectionism or a fear of failure, and improve key mental skills, such as confidence or concentration. By applying principles and techniques from psychology, such as goal-setting, visualization, positive self-talk, and emotion regulation, sports psychologists help athletes improve their performance on the field and their well-being overall.

How long does treatment for a sports-related problem take?

The duration of sports psychology treatment depends on the athlete’s individual challenges, goals, the complexity of the interventions used, and even on the length of the season. A performance anxiety issue may be treated with a short-term treatment, like Cognitive behavioural therapy, while issues such as depression, substance abuse, or severe anxiety may require longer-term treatments.

How effective is treatment for sports performance problems?

Sports psychology has been shown to improve performance and help athletes manage their emotions. Sports psychology can be effective in boosting performance, team dynamics, and injury rehabilitation. Over the past decade, nearly every professional sports team in every major sport has added a sports psychologist to its staff. Many colleges have done the same, and even some high school programs have done the same. Olympic hopefuls may consult with sports psychologists starting in elementary school.

What are the limitations of sports psychology?

Sports psychology may have several limitations. Every athlete is unique and may respond differently to sports psychology treatments. Therapy can help an athlete reach their potential; it can help athletes cope with injury and pain, but it cannot change the physical limitations that may be affecting an athlete’s performance.